Wanda Rose Williams, age 71, of Monticello, Missouri, passed away at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois on Monday, December 10, 2018.
She was born November 17, 1947, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Quincy, Illinois, daughter of Benjamin Henry Tarpein and Mabel (Miner) Tarpein.
On October 9, 1964, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Francis Williams in Knox City, Missouri. He survives.
Wanda was a homemaker for many years. She helped her husband Kenny in the field and working hay on their farm till she was no longer able. Wanda was diagnosed with “Wilson’s Disease” which over time began to cripple her body. Later in life she worked for Wider Opportunities from January 1994 to 2009 working with consumers and received certification as a Med Tech. She loved her job there. She treated and loved her clients like family. Kenny and Wanda were part of a Farm Club that met monthly and she greatly looked forward to those times of fellowship with friends. Wanda wanted many children but her disease did not allow that. Her greatest joy and blessing in life was being able to have her son John. That was her greatest achievement. Wanda loved nothing more than watching her grandchildren participate in activities and read about their achievements. She loved to visit with people. Talking to her family, friends, and her nieces and nephews brought her much joy. Family was everything that was important to Wanda and loved them all. Her love for animals was immeasurable starting from when she was a small child. Always wanting to help and taking them in. She loved movies and music. She had her library logged in her head and could tell you every movie and CD she had. Wanda attended Bunker Hill Church. She was strong in her faith and was very much at peace knowing that the Lord would take care of her when her body could no longer.
Surviving is one child, John Williams and wife Terri of Kahoka, Missouri; two grandchildren, Seth and Shannen Williams of Kahoka, Missouri; siblings Jeannie Houghton and husband Charlie of Edina, Missouri, Dan Tarpein and wife Peggy of Agency, Missouri, John Tarpein and wife Terese of Baring, Missouri, Judy Roberts and husband Jim of Grayslake, Illinois, Lynn Jones and husband Kevin of Palmyra, Missouri, David Tarpein and wife Kristy of Wyaconda, Missouri, Eric Tarpein and wife Shannon of Perry, Missouri, Brian Tarpein and wife Heather of Kirksville, Missouri, 39 Nieces/Nephews, 74 great-nieces/nephews, 3 great-great nieces/nephews.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents and brother in infancy James Clayton Binkley.
Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 5 until 8 PM at Arnold’s Funeral Home in Canton.
Memorials may be made to the Monticello Cemetery Association.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Arnold’s Funeral Home in Canton, Missouri with Pastor Gary Whitaker officiating.
Burial will be in the Monticello Cemetery, Monticello, Missouri, with Andy Williams, Steve Zuspann, Robbie Lumley, Ryan Houghton, Chris Roberson and Darin Parrish as pallbearers. Her Nieces and Nephews are Honorary Pallbearers.